TLWIR 42: GasBuddy Crowdsources to Lower Gas Prices

Posted by acrossad on Jul 22, 2012 6:45 AM EDT; By Rex Djere
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The success of GNU/Linux, free software, and open source have inspired a whole new generation of collaborative projects. In The Linux Week in Review 42, I will describe what GasBuddy is, and how it can help you to use the collaborative concepts behind GNU/Linux and Wikipedia to save money on gas.

One thing is very clear when I pore over the data that I receive from GasBuddy: a lot of companies overcharge for gas. How can one station charge $3.65 for a gallon of gas when a station less than a mile away can afford to sell that same gallon for $3.43? Inefficiency? Greed? It is probably a combination of factors. GasBuddy allows me to avoid the companies and stations that can’t get their act together.

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